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Pocket Casts opens up beta program to all users, here’s how to opt-in

While Google has just launched its own podcast application, the favorite of many users is still that of Pocket Casts. Today, the popular application has announced that it is opening up a beta program to the public on Android.

BlackBerry Key2 launches on July 13th for $649, pre-orders open June 29th at Amazon, Best Buy

One of the phones I was really excited to spend time with last year was the BlackBerry Keyone, and it proved to be a device I really enjoyed overall. However, earlier this month, the company announced the second generation of that line, and there’s much more reason to be excited. Now, we’re finally getting release details.

Android Stories Yesterday

Announced at I/O 2018, Google Play’s new Subscription Center is now widely rolled out to provide users with an easier way to manage recurring payments from Android apps and services. The redesign features simplified options, while developers are gaining more tools to monetize applications.

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After several weeks of rumors and speculation, Instagram has just announced that it will be bringing long-form vertical videos to the social network in the form of a standalone app called IGTV. To help get the ball rolling, Instagram has partnered with several well-known creators who will soon start publishing original content to the platform.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Android Stories June 19

Back in May, Google announced that it would be revamping its cloud storage offerings and bundling it with customer support and more under a new “Google One” umbrella. Although its app was released shortly after that, the switchover hadn’t gone live, until now.

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Last year, Google announced that Android apps would incorporate security metadata to verify that it was officially distributed by the Play Store. Today, Google is expanding that data to include additional verification for installs through peer-to-peer sharing.

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